Kristen Bell as Minimum-Wage Mary Poppins

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Music
Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm
I just had occasion to revisit the original on the flight back from England, and this really is pretty spot-on. Although there was no such thing as a minimum wage in the UK well into my lifetime, let alone P.L. Travers'...

EXCLUSIVE: Entertainment Earth Reveals Upcoming Toys From Twilight Zone, Big Bang Theory, More

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV, Toys
Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 11:30 am


Check out the video below. We even got an answer about the Ambiguously Duo's Penismobile.

TR Review: Insanely Stupid Lucy Is Still a Good Time

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 10:00 am


If you're bothered by the bad science inherent to the premise of Lucy - that old saw about how we only use 10% of our brain - strap in, because that's just the first step into insanity. The second is when the movie begins with a ludicrous-looking CGI ape-woman in primeval times (she will become the early human fossil also called Lucy, which is a thematic point). Rest assured, by the time Scarlett Johansson is explaining the meaning of life, the universe and everything [SPOILER: it's not 42], science and reason have long since ceased to be, and have become ex-science and ex-reason. To be blunt, this movie is incredibly dumb and also guilty fun - it's like inviting Nicolas Cage over to your house, getting him really wasted and then asking him to try and explain the origin of mankind. Not that I've ever done that. But I hope to...someday.

Comic-Con 2014: Mattel WWE and Masters of the Universe.

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV, Toys
Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 9:00 am


More will be revealed as the show goes on, but here are some initial offerings (the Skeletors above are just art projects for fun).

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Sharknado, Volleyball and Zombies

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV, zombies
Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 8:00 am


A veteran of the LAPD, widow of a Green Beret and self-described crazy cat lady, Luke's Mother-in-Law fears no questions. Ask her anything in the comments section - no issue is too big, too trivial or too weird for her to tackle, but if you get out of line, she will let you know!

All questions and answers are real.

Hello all. We are in another excessive heat warning period. Weather is, they say, 116 degrees for today thru the end of the week - joy of joys. Still have not heard anything from Contact in the Desert as to if I am going to volunteer. I almost assume by now that I am not. I really hate, however, that people have gotten really rude and or stupid. If you ask for volunteers would not it be nice to let people know that they are not needed? Another pet peeve: I waited to pick up a key to do an appraisal for a sale this week. Had asked the agent if she could put a lock box on the property and she said no. So I pick up the key, it is already 100 outside, get to the house and guess what there is a lock box on the back door. How rude. Anyway, it has been one of those weeks in the appraisal business.

The 10 Nerdiest Moments of the 2014 Summer TCAs

By Fred Topel in Comics, Daily Lists, TV
Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

Gotham, Det. Jim Gordon vs. Batman Villains
This is gonna be a big year for television. Three new comic book shows, Game of Thrones catching up to the books, and digital platforms giving us more new shows in an instant are things I never would have imagined growing up programming my VCR to record The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. and taping a note on the TV warning my parents not to change the channel. We're going to get a peak at a lot of these shows this weekend at Comic-Con, but for an even more in-depth television preview, I spent the last two weeks with the Television Critics Association.

First Michael J. Fox Back to the Future Action Figure Is From Hot Toys

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 4:00 am


Numerous companies have had the movie license, but none has made Michael J. Fox likenesses, until now.

Still, unless Darth Vader comes down from Vulcan with a suitcase of Republic Credits...good luck affording it. You may need a life preserver.

Wanna see the DeLorean?

Overnight Open Thread and Post Advisory - Comic-Con Preview Edition

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Yes, a life-size TMNT pizza thrower will be there

I've been going to Comic-Con since maybe 2000, and much has changed over the years. Notably, that what I used to call "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" has become the thing I stress out about the most. I started just writing about it on my personal blog, managed to get a cover story about it in the OC Weekly, and for five years, reported on it for top online movie trade site Deadline. The first year, I was told, "What you're interested in, we're interested in." The last year, "Beat our competitors to the movie news."

In 2013, I tried using my Deadline training to beat even the big sites to the news, and found it to be much harder without the kind of access the big-name outlets can get you. Six hours in line for Hall H, all day. No thank you. Back when print newspapers weren't in danger (yes, I remember such a time), I thought the best way to cover Comic-Con would be to send a team of ten, to cover ALL the panels, including not just big movie news but all the weird, quirky stuff that makes up the celebration of fandom.

Ooooh Yeah! Todd McFarlane Brings Macho Man Randy Savage Back to Life in Sculpture Form

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV, Toys
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm


Following the limited-edition Undertaker from last year, McFarlane Toys and WWE's second 20-inch resin statue was expected, based on a listing at Bigbadtoystore, to be Stone Cold Steve Austin. But while we waited for pics, WWE Shopzone just quietly went ahead and revealed the tower of power, too sweet to be sour, funky like a monkey, oooh yeah! Dig it!

Featuring a rotating base and a piece of arena banner from WrestleMania V, this statue runs around $300 and that price ain't slim, Jim. But if you wanna get hearts a' pumpin' and the party jumpin', this Mega Power will certainly impress on your shelf.

GIVEAWAY: Cast/Crew Signed Human Race DVDs and Posters

By Luke Y. Thompson in DVDs, Movies
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm


Because what good is my being in a sci-fi/horror movie if I can't score freebies for you folks, am I right?

I have three posters signed by writer/director Paul Hough and Eddie McGee, and three DVDs signed by not just them, but also producers Geza Decsy and Trip Hope, and actors Paul McCarthy-Boyington, Richard Gale, Trista Robinson, T. Arthur Cottam, Sean Decker and me. There are three prizes each of 1 poster and 1 DVD, but with this qualifier: DVDs can ship anywhere, but the posters can only ship to U.S. addresses. So if you enter without having one of those, you'll just get the DVD and someone else will get the poster.

Read on for the rules...